As you know, any player who finishes in the top 7 of an NADF sanctioned, Grand-Prix-Qualifying Tournament, is eligible for the NADF Masters' Invitational.
Eight events qualified for the 2011 Grand Prix, resulting in 56 available spaces for the 2013 Masters' Invitational.
Forty individuals qualified in 2011. They are:
The North American Diplomacy Federation’s 2011 Masters Invitational:
Tournament Organizer’s Report
by Chris Martin
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On July 9th, 2009, I had an email exchange with Jeremiah Peterson, where it was decided that enough was enough, and there was going to be some kind of Diplomacy Invitational in 2011, and I was going to organize it. ‘Miah would be the tournament director, and Conrad Woodring would provide material support and assistance. By December of 2009 it was decided that the event would be a part of the NADF, and the qualification standard would be “players who finished in the top 7 of a NADF Grand Prix event in 2009 and 2010.”
I announced the event at the 2010 Dixiecon, having selected MLK weekend in Austin, Texas as the time and location. There were many reasons for this, but the important thing for me was that the event would take place on neutral ground – there would be no local hobby supporting the event, so everyone would have to travel. Invitations went out, and among the first people to commit was Cyrille Sevin – who, when he commits, doesn’t mess about – he bought a plane ticket in June of 2010! Other people proceeded to say yes, no, or maybe, and a list of attendees began to take shape.
This weekend, Diplomacy gunslingers from all over the country will descend on Austin, Texas, to shoot it out for the first ever North American Diplomacy Federation Championship. I'm excited to be joining them.
Billed as the NADF Masters, the tournament was conceived and organized by 1998 world champion Chris Martin of the Potomac Tea & Knife Society in response to feedback that the hobby needed a way to crown its champion that was more selective than the open DipCon format and more accessible than the Grand Prix. His solution was an invitational for which players could qualify by finishing on a top board at any Grand Prix-qualifying event in the previous two years.
More than 60 players received invitations to the inaugural Master. Around 20 are expected to attend, including at least one European, two-time world champion Cyrille Sevin.
By Sunday evening, after three rounds of what should be intense Diplomacy, the hobby will have its first NADF champion. ... To go along with its North American Champion, DipCon winner Eric Mead, and its Grand Prix Champion, Peter Yeargin. This new title will augment rather than replace the other two. Each title is meaningful and prestigious in its own way.
The DipCon Champion wins a large, open tournament where the level of play can run the gamut. The Grand Prix Champion posts the best collection of results over the course of a season. And the new NADF Champion or Master wins an invitational where the play should be of a high caliber.
North American Diplomacy Federation
Austin, Texas: January 14 – 16, 2011
The basics of the event are this: January 14 – 16 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, and over those days in Austin, Texas. Three rounds of diplomacy will be played. Scoring will be based on supply center count, with a bonus for topping the board. I am working with Jeremiah Peterson, Conrad Woodring, and Brian Shelden to ensure that the event is top-notch, and some great players have already committed to coming down and playing.
Friday: Sign in 6 - 6:25 pm, Boards Called 6:30 pm
Saturday: Sign in 10:00 - 10:25 am. Boards Called 10:30 am
Sunday: Sign in 10:00 - 10:25 am. Boards Called 10:30 am.
The registration fee is $35.
Our event venue is the Courtyard Marriott Austin Airport Hotel.